June Calendar

Central District Timebank

Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Douglass-Truth Library
2300 East Yesler Way, Seattle

If you live in or near the Central District, learn about the CD Timebank, where you give what you can and get what you need—particularly good for talented older adults who may not be able to do everything on their own. Timebanking is free and easy—you give time by doing something for one member, earn credit, and then use that time credit to get a service from another member. For more information, visit www.cdtimebank.org.

Care Transitions: What Does It Really Look Like?

Thursday, June 5, 2014, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wesley Homes, The Terrace
816 South 216th Street, Des Moines

Health care professionals, human services providers, caregivers, and community leaders are invited to a one-day conference focused on improving patient transitions among hospital and community care settings in order to eliminate unnecessary hospitalizations. One hundred sixty individuals from more than 50 organizations interested in improving care transitions, particularly in but not limited to south and southwest Seattle and south King County, are planning to attend. Registration is now closed, but interested parties should watch the conference webpage for a report on the proceedings as well as news about a second conference this fall. For more information, visit www.agingkingcounty.org/CTconference.

Continuing Education for Mental Health Counselors and Social Workers

Friday, June 6, 2014
Aegis Madison
2200 E Madison St., Seattle

Longtime geriatric social worker Karen Kent is offering classes for mental health counselors and social workers. The June 6 topic is Grief in the Aging Population. For more information, including time and cost, contact Karen Kent, Creative Geriatric Services, at 206-992-8028 or karentkent@gmail.com.

LGBTQ Access Summit!

Thursday, June 12–Friday, June 13, 2014
Georgetown Campus, South Seattle Community College
6737 Corson Avenue South, Seattle

Registration is open for the 2014 LGBTQ Access Summit!, a two-day interactive event bringing together human service providers from across King County. The event is designed to strengthen relationships between agencies and providers, fuel practitioner skill-sharing, and inspire changes to the countywide support net. More than 20 unique workshops, roundtable discussions, presentations and strategy sessions will be offered by a range of local presenters. The LGBTQ Access Project is a collaboration between the King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian, and Gay Survivors of Abuse. The Summit is free, but registration is required. For more information, visit www.demonstrateaccess.org/2014-summit.  

Advance Planning Seminar

Saturday, June 14, 2014, 2:00–5:00 p.m.
Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle

Compassion & Choices of Washington invites you to a seminar on end-of-life choices. Learn how to communicate your end-of-life wishes to loved ones and to your physicians and discuss end-of-life choices and the free services of Compassion & Choices of Washington. Ask questions and receive information about hospice, Death With Dignity, and other end-of-life options. Get practical information about preparing end-of-life documents. Robb Miller, executive director of Compassion & Choices of Washington, will guide participants through the process of documenting their wishes about the kind of medical care they do or do not want at the end of life. Participants will leave with a completed Compassion & Choices of Washington Advance Directive, which combines a Living Will and a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care into one document. Free notarization will be available. There is no cost for the seminar or documents. The seminar is open to the public. (Parking is not included.) While advance reservations are not required, if you are able, you can RSVP at 206-256-1636 or info@compassionwa.org.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Sunday, June 15, 2014

This year marks the 9th annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect. One of the increasing forms of elder abuse is financial exploitation, which costs older Americans $2.9 billion per year. Learn more about elder abuse, including strategies to prevent it. For more information, click on the United Against Elder Abuse graphic at right.

Senior Coffee Hour with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

Thursday, June 19, 2014, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
The Central (aka Central Area Senior Center)
500 30th Avenue South, Seattle

Join the Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens when they welcome Seattle Mayor Ed Murray as special guest at a Senior Coffee Hour in the Central Area. Hear the latest on transit funding, minimum wage, the police chief, and more. Bring your questions and concerns. Coffee and refreshments are served. For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov or visit www.seattle.gov/seniors.

Register Now: Aging Your Way Conference—"Moving from I to We"

Thursday, June 26, 2014, 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Brockey Center, South Seattle College
1600 16th Avenue SW, Seattle

Interested in trying out new approaches to aging in community and being connected in community? Register now to attend the Aging Your Way 2014 Community Connections Conference, facilitated by Jim Diers. Get inspired and motivated to build interdependent networks and partnerships—for yourself and for others. See the story in this issue. $25 per person (includes lunch). For more information, call 206-268-6737, e-mail dorig@seniorservices.org or visit www.seniorservices.org/agingyourway.

Plan Ahead: National Falls Prevention Awareness Day

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The theme for year's Falls Prevention Awareness Day is Strong Today, Falls-Free® Tomorrow. For history, tools and activities, visit the NCOA's Center for Healthy Aging falls prevention webpage.